The Lane baseball team used a fierce rally in the ninth to overcome Pierce in their first game 3-2 but could not find the same magic in their second game against Bellevue, falling 4-3 in 10 innings.
Starting Sunday’s double-header action with the Raiders with Colben McGuire on the hill, the Titans fell behind early but put together three runs in the ninth to stun a Pierce team that had all but locked down the lead heading into the latter stages of the game.
Lane’s first contest got off to a quick start in the first inning, when the Raiders would need just two batters before scoring their first run of the game off of Titans’ starter Colben McGuire. After Isaac Kim reached base on a single, Lee Larson crushed a double that saw Kim score all the way from first to give Pierce an early 1-0 advantage.
Blanking the Titans through the initial stages of the game, the Raiders would then tack on another run in the fourth inning on a single by Brett Murphy that scored DJ Elmer from third.
Pitching just one more inning in thee contest, McGuire would contribute five innings of action, surrendering six hits, two runs and two walks while striking out four. Keynan Middleton and Konner Reddick would also see action on the hill for Lane in the morning, with Reddick getting the eventual victory after pitching a perfect ninth inning.
Starting the first eight innings out by stifling Lane’s hitters, Darrien Moran couldn’t keep it together in the ninth, giving up four hits en route to three Titan runs that would give them a victory. After both Tylor DuMilieu and Alex Cornwell singled to put a runner on first and second for Lane, Shaun Boehm launched a double that saw both runners score, evening up the score at two apiece. Boehm would then come around to score after advancing to third and then being driven in by a Cody Chagnon single to cap Lane’s rally and give them a 3-2 advantage.
Moran would exit the game after 8 1/3 innings, giving up eight hits and three runs while striking out eight. D’Aundray VanSlyke would finish the final 2/3 inning for Pierce, retiring both batters he faced.
The second game of the day was almost the exact opposite for Lane, with them establishing a lead over Bellevue College before the Bulldogs tacked on runs late in the game and eventually came away with the win.
Lane would see themselves score the first run of the game in the fifth inning, when Wynant hit into a fielder’s choice that scored Jarren Goddard, who had previously doubled in the inning. The Titans would then tack on a pair of runs in the seventh inning to extend their lead with just two at-bats left for the Bulldogs. After Cody McDonald and Wynant both reached base and eventually advanced to second and third, Daniel Copeland singled both runners in to give Lane a 3-0 advantage.
Unfortunately for the Titans, Bellevue managed to tack on three runs in the eighth to even the score and subsequently send the game into extras. Unable to score a run themselves, the Titans would surrender another run in the top of the tenth to allow the Bulldogs to complete the comeback and send Lane home with a 1-1 record for the day.
Getting the loss for the Titans was Zach Eyster, who pitched an inning while giving up two hits, three runs–two earned–and one walk.
Lane will now take the week off before returning to action for league play against Clackamas on Saturday for an away double-header. First pitch is scheduled for 1 pm.